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Xbox One Controllers are Compatible with PC, Contrary to Rumors

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Despite the rumors and previous claims that Xbox One controllers would not work on a Windows PC, Microsoft’s director of product management, Albert Penello, took it upon himself to confirm that these accusations were untrue – it does work on PC games.

Penello took to a thread on NeoGAF in which a rumor was cited saying that Microsoft had no plans to release drivers for the Xbox One controller on PC, that they would release a completely separate controller just for PC that had a unique wireless dongle – while the Xbox 360 controller has been made functional for PC via drivers.

Penello said:

“This is 100% wrong. When the drivers become available, they will work with the existing controllers. There is no plan to do a new, separate controller that only works on Windows. It will be the same as it is on Xbox 360 – the Xbox One controller you have today will work. 

That’s not to say that we may not ship also PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, much like we do on Xbox 360.”

Penello continued, going over how the initial support will work (corded) and that currently they’re looking at some options as to how wireless will work:

“No. The controller (in wired mode) will work as-is. 

How wireless will/could work is TBD. There are some options we are looking at. 

No more updates on the timeframe beyond what’s been publicly stated – the plan is this year. 

When the update comes out and we have more details, I can explain the holdup.”

While I personally can game on a mouse+keyboard or a controller, what do you guys think?

Do you prefer one or the other on PC, and was not having PC support at launch a deal breaker?


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